30 Easter Gifts for Kids (That Aren’t Giant Chocolate Bunnies)
Don’t get us wrong, we love seeing the look of joy on our kids’ faces as they rush around searching for treasure (read: candy) on Easter morning. The only thing that dampens our enthusiasm for the holiday is the challenge of putting together an Easter basket with gifts that will actually get some love. Yep, more than once we’ve wondered why we (um, the Easter Bunny) dropped all that cash at the dollar store on bunny ears and a bunch of other trinkets that were destined for the trash from day one. That’s why the Easter Bunny is determined to do better this year—namely by gifting Easter games, toys and treats that actually reflect the recipient’s personal taste and continue to bring happiness well after the holiday has passed. Here, a list of superior Easter gifts for kids that they’re guaranteed to love.
1. Easter Joke Book
Help your kid get some of that goofy candy-fueled energy out with this book of laughs. The comedy here is clean and cringe-free, and your whole family will be grateful the Easter Bunny had the foresight to give your kids something to do when the egg hunt ends.
2. Hatchimals CollEGGtibles
It’s a little meta to put a basket inside an Easter basket, but hear us out. Your kid will enjoy hatching these little animals, and you will enjoy the fact that he found something egg-shaped and Easter-themed that’s not edible.
3. Bunny Paper Clips
Send your kid back to school (whether that means in-person learning or Zoom class) with some Easter bunny swag. This pastel-colored, bunny-shaped basket filler will help your grade-schooler stay organized and they’re darn cute to boot.
4. Pete the Cat: Big Easter Adventure
A fun book for younger kids and a festive must-have for fans of Pete the Cat. The colors in this book are bold and bright, the cat is cute and kids will love listening to a story about the Easter Bunny’s special sidekick (because even giant magical bunnies could use a helping hand).
5. Mochi Mini Squishies
Was that egg hunt a little too exciting? If you anticipate a meltdown this Easter, save your sanity by tucking these cute, squishy characters into your kid’s basket. Supersoft and easy to squeeze, they have major sensory appeal and are fabulous for small hands in need of a stress reliever.
6. Infantino Textured Carrot Teether
Baby’s first Easter? Great news: You get to eat all the candy. But don’t feel bad about it—your little bunny will be quite content chomping on this nubby carrot.
7. A Colorful Easter (Peter Cottontail)
Buy yourself a few minutes of quiet time by adding a painting project to your child’s Easter basket. The activity book provides an art project that’s suitable for older kids, and little ones will just enjoy smearing colors all over the page.
8. Little Blue Truck’s Springtime
If you’re the proud parent of a car fanatic, you have likely memorized the original Little Blue Truck book. Freshen up your storytime rotation with this new twist on an old favorite.
9. Jofan Sidewalk Chalk Easter Set
You and your kid will likely benefit from some fresh spring air once that sugar high kicks in. She’ll hit the ground running...and when she’s out of steam you can all collapse in the driveway for some chalk art therapy.
10. Yellies! Voice-activated Bunny Pet Toy
Get your threenager a voice-activated bunny and you will be happy she’s bossing around a toy instead of you. We aren’t saying you should endulge your toddler’s tyrannical behavior, but she’ll definitely get a kick out of watching this critter scurry around and respond to her (many, many) commands.
11. Golden Egg Hunt
If you stayed up all night last year coming up with riddles your kids didn’t understand for an elaborate Easter scavenger hunt (yup, that was us), feel free to phone it in this year with a bag of pre-filled eggs. Your kid won’t miss the clever clues, he just wants the candy—and all 16 of these plastic eggs are packed with it. Tuck the special golden egg into his Easter basket and you’re sure to hear lots of oohs and aahs at the grand finale.
12. The Velveteen Rabbit
A classic tearjerker that has stood the test of time. There are beautiful illustrations, a moving message about friendship and the transformative power of love. (Just save this one for bedtime, because it will go in one ear and out the other until all the candy has been consumed.)
13. Cadbury Mini Eggs
Cadbury makes the best Easter chocolate, hands down. The crunchy, vanilla-scented coating, the rich milk chocolate, the charming pastel palette…you haven’t lived until you’ve tried one. No judgment if you stash these little guys in the pantry for yourself and toss some jelly beans into their Easter baskets instead.
14. Awkward Styles Easter Egg Emoji T-shirt
Roll this pint-sized T-shirt up and stuff it in your child’s Easter basket for a festive gift that’s functional, too. These tees come in a wide range of cheerful colors, so it’ll be easy to score one in your kid’s favorite hue.
15. Kid Made Modern Easter Craft Kit
Depending on the size of the basket, this craft box may or may not fit inside. Either way, this kit—stocked with googly eyes, felt, glitter, beads and an array of other materials—is an excellent gift that promises to spark creativity and keep kids busy as they make handmade holiday art.
16. Hohaski Toy Balloon Helicopter
Little kids will get a kick out of watching this balloon helicopter become airborne and thanks to the pastel yellow color and egg shape, it is entirely in keeping with the holiday theme. Best of all, it fits quite nicely in an Easter basket of any size.
17. Walking, Egg-laying Chicken
This singing and walking plush toy is soft to the touch and a riot to play with—namely because it will pop out a colorful egg on command. Yep, this one is guaranteed to keep your little kid occupied long enough for you to whip up a mouthwatering Easter lunch spread.
18. Meri Meri Bunny Backpack
Present this gift before the big Easter egg hunt so your child can use it to collect the loot; fold it up for an adorable Easter basket stuffer; or nix the basket entirely and opt for a good-filled backpack instead. In other words, this floppy-eared, drawstring bunny backpack boasts loads of holiday potential—and it’s downright adorable, too.
19. Baby Car Easter Eggs
The car enthusiast in your life won’t even miss the candy when they open these Easter eggs and get their hands on the soft, rubber vehicles inside, which are outfitted with cute faces and roll like a dream. Scoop these up for a cute basket filler or for an egg hunt that won’t give your toddler a sugar rush.
20. Easter Egg Stampers
If your kid’s basket is already stuffed with sweets, the idea of filling a dozen eggs with even more candy might seem like overkill. Good news: You can take a pass on the jellybeans and chocolate eggs and still pull off an excellent egg hunt—just hide a dozen of these colorful stampers and call it day.
21. Rock & Pebble Rabbit Cross Stitch Friend
This sweet and thoughtful toy helps kids hone their fine motor skills while learning a new craft. Best of all, this basket stuffer comes with an easy-to-hold plastic needle and a book of patterns, so little kids can create countless colorful works of art with minimal frustration.
22. Nest Egg Necklace
Tweens and teens might think they’re too cool for Easter, but the Easter Bunny knows better, which is why he slipped this gorgeous, sterling silver bird’s nest locket into the final egg of the hunt.
23. Native Union Wireless Charger
Woo your teen with a high-tech Easter gift, like this light pink wireless charger. The attractive design will make your phone-wielding kid feel fancy and you’ll benefit from knowing that the “Sorry, I ran out of juice” excuse is a thing of the past.
24. JellyCat Bunny Lovey
Jellycat makes quality plush toys that don’t cost too much (so you won’t want to cry when they come into contact with slime). This bunny lovey is supersoft and the ideal size for an Easter basket stuffer.
25. Bunny Dress-up Kit
This beautiful, handmade bunny costume boasts tons of pretend play potential, and it comes in a package that’s easy to tuck into an Easter basket (though it’s special enough to give as a stand-alone gift, too).
26. Magic Crystal Growing Garden
Celebrate the season with a science project that yields a spectacular landscape your kid can grow herself. This colorful crystal garden is a cinch to construct and guaranteed to get oohs and aahs from the under-ten set—just keep in mind that it likely won’t fit in a basket, so it’s best as a separate wrapped gift.
27. Dig Up Dinosaur Fossil Eggs
Budding archaeologists will have a blast with this dino dig, which includes a dozen fossil eggs and all the tools required to excavate a set of prehistoric collectibles. This gift won’t fit in a basket, but it will provide plenty of festive fun once the egg hunt has come to an end.
28. Peek-a-Doodle Doo
Stick this exciting and brain-boosting memory game in an oversized basket or gift it separately—either way your child will be thrilled by the opportunity to search for hidden eggs any day of the year.
30. Bigbolo Filled Easter Basket
Look, between the distance learning, the social distancing and the ‘coronasomnia’, the Easter Bunny has had a tough year. If you agree, do yourself a favor and phone it in with a pre-filled basket that includes toys and candy alike. We promise your kid will be none the wiser.